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The Promise: A Tragic Accident, a Paralyzed Bride, and the Power of Love, Loyalty, and Friendship [Kindle Edition]

Rachelle Friedman
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Book Description

A New York Times Bestseller!

Just weeks before her wedding, four of Rachelle Friedman's friends threw her a bachelorette party. At the end of a perfect evening of dancing and celebration, they decided to take a moonlight swim. One of her friends playfully pushed her into the water . . . two feet too far from the deep end. That chilling moment changed their lives forever. Rachelle broke her neck and was paralyzed from the chest down. She would never walk again.

The Promise is a powerful memoir of resilience, love, and loyalty. On the night of the accident, the five girls made an unspoken agreement to never reveal the name of the friend who had pushed Rachelle into the pool—and their bond has remained unbroken. As Rachelle undergoes a physical battle for her life, her friend struggles emotionally to prevent one moment in time from defining her forever. It's the story of true integrity; it's also about finding the incredible strength inside each of us we never knew we had.

Also a love story,
The Promise chronicles Rachelle and Chris's relationship, their struggle with her paralysis and rehab, the physical challenges of intimacy, and ultimately, their fairy-tale wedding.

Editorial Reviews


Rachelle’s story is not just one of overcoming the most difficult of circumstances . . . it is a story of friendship, loyalty, triumph, and, most of all, a love story. It will move you, remind you of what is truly important in life and inspire you. You will admire Rachelle’s strength, celebrate the love she shares with her husband, Chris, and you won’t be able to put this book down. (Jenn Berman, host of VH1 Couples Therapy and The Dr. Jenn Show on Oprah Radio; author of SuperBaby)

About the Author

Rachelle Friedman, once a program assistant at a senior's activity center, is now an advocate for those with spinal injuries. Rachelle has appeared on The Today Show and HLN, and she has been written about in numerous worldwide publications. She regularly contributes to The Huffington Post. She and her husband live in Knightdale, North Carolina with their two dogs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1965 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0762792949
  • Publisher: Skirt! (July 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MJD9XO0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing read May 1, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I could not put the book down, I am amazed at Rachelle's strength and wisdom. I am a 62 years old woman with children and grandchildren, and yet I could learn a few things from this young girl about being positive and knowing what is really important in life. Rachelle understands what true love is, she lives it, and so deservedly she is so loved by her husband, in spite of the tremendous hurdles. I recommend the book to anybody who takes life for granted or thinks his life is not good enough..
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! April 30, 2014
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I didn't want to put this book down. There were times when I cried, times when I laughed, but most of all there were times when I was amazed by Rachelle's strength, her loyalty, and her understanding of the importance of friendship and love! I can't wait to see her interviews and to hear "the rest of the story".
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Had to stop reading August 8, 2014
By Steph
Got this book from the library after seeing the great reviews but I honestly couldn't even make it past the fourth chapter. Rachelle repeats herself a lot and the book just doesn't flow. I didn't find myself connected to her love story, and there was way too much focus on the secret. If it's a secret keep it a secret and don't keep talking about it. I wish her the best, and it really is a tragic situation but I couldn't bring myself to keep reading.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and educational June 2, 2014
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I enjoy reading Rachelle's blogs and other posts on social media, so I've been anxiously anticipating this book. I'm also a wheelchair user, and although my situation is very different from hers (I'm a para rather than quad, from birth rather than injury), it's amazing how many of us wheeled people do share a lot of the same thoughts, experiences, and frustrations. I appreciate that Rachelle is using her experience to educate others, and thank her on behalf of those of us who may not have a backstory that is as compelling and book-worthy as hers but still face some of the same things.

Aside from the obvious lesson about living life to the fullest, I hope that after reading this book people will also begin to reevaluate any negative assumptions and behaviors they may have towards people who are physically different. I loved her thoughts about those common cliches that we all hear over and over (& never want to hear again), and I actually may have yelled an "Amen!" when she explained why "handicap" is one of those words that needs to find itself out of 21st century vocabulary. Fortunately, we live in a very different time where some challenges are being alleviated with advances in medicine, technology, and laws that make things more accessible and available to us. But as Rachelle's story shows, the greatest barriers are often attitudes, and those are quite stubborn; continued education is our greatest defense when it comes to that problem. For example, as someone not married yet, it was shocking for me to read about how many people think (and are bold enough to actually TELL them) that it's surprising that her husband stayed with her after the accident.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It Was An Accident July 4, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The author fed off her friend's guilt. I hated how she repeated the fact the she was protecting her friend, while throughout the book she highlights her friend as if she is trying to reveal her identity, so much so that I felt that I had a very good idea as to who she was. The author mentions her brother in the book too. There were just too many contradictions about her feelings..If she had said that she did feel some kind of resentment towards her friend, the book would have been more believable. This book was way too shallow despite it's tremendous tragedy. Dont get me wrong, I absolutely feel for all those involved in this terrible tragedy, especially Rachelle, but I wanted the book to be about her journey and not have her highlight her friend so much, especially if she truly wanted to protect her secret identity.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Human Spirit defined July 13, 2014
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Rachelle does a succinct job in the telling of her story. The fact that she does not reveal the name of the girl whom playfully pushed her into the pool was commendable. Unfortunately, as I was reading it that part almost became a mystery of sorts and at times I kept asking I wonder which one it was. Not because of some morbid curiosity but the fact that it is mentioned in the book quite a few times that the name will never be revealed so my mind kept asking that question. Her spirit and sense of humor that she conveys is nothing short of astounding. She doesn't like to be called an inspiration so I won't say that; however, what I will say is that she is a motivator to able-bodied people everywhere. I have often told my own wife that any day we wake up and can see, hear, and walk is a great day. Life can change on a dime and Rachelle is a testament to that. In the end she opens up about the very little things that she wishes she could do again. This is not done to garner sympathy because she is not that type of woman; however, one can't help but feel it. I found myself shaking my head a lot reading this book simply because we live in a random world where unfortunate and tragic things happen to good people and it, for lack of a better word, sucks. I highly recommend you read her story because like I said in my title her story is the human spirit defined.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A story about a tragic accident and how wonderfully everyone responded...
A story about a tragic accident and how wonderfully everyone responded to it! Would recommend to those who enjoy human interest stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars After a family tragedy two years ago there is a ...
After a family tragedy two years ago there is a little bit of my entire family in this book that we can all relate to. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Writing style not easy to follow
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone ...
very moving and well written real life story, I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks they have it bad.
Published 7 days ago by Bruce Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story about friendship
The story itself was great. I grew up in Va Beach so I loved all of the references. This is a great story of how a woman over came something horrible with the help of loved ones. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars Definetely Worth Reading
Loved the book and her strengths but I could have done with less focus on thoughts of the girl who pushed her. That seemed drawn out. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A true champion in every sense of the word....Rachelle Friedman
Rachelle Friedman is an amazing young lady!! Her indomitable spirit, her willingness to share her story of tragic loss so that she might encourage others.....she ROCKS!!!
Published 9 days ago by Cindy Dye
1.0 out of 5 stars Maybe In a Romance magazine.
This is just a poorly written, uninteresting report about a tragic accident. It's basically all in the title. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Lily Serene
5.0 out of 5 stars The girl in this book has such a great attitude about what happened
The girl in this book has such a great attitude about what happened, she is going to live a very happy fulfilled life, I think. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Diane
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